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Ironstone Mine,mine & surface workings 800m NNE of Well of the Lecht

A Scheduled Monument in Speyside Glenlivet, Moray

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Latitude: 57.2277 / 57°13'39"N

Longitude: -3.2635 / 3°15'48"W

OS Eastings: 323812

OS Northings: 815926

OS Grid: NJ238159

Mapcode National: GBR L99M.9RG

Mapcode Global: WH6LC.VL4J

Entry Name: Ironstone Mine,mine & surface workings 800m NNE of Well of the Lecht

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5945

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: iron and steel

Location: Kirkmichael (Moray)

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Speyside Glenlivet

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises the remains of an iron-manganese mine and associated surface workings and structures.

The mine produced iron and manganese ores between 1730-37 and 1841-46.

The surviving visible elements include the mines themselves, comprising pits, shafts, adits and dumps, all contained in the area on the E side of the Allt Choire Buidhe; the crushing mill (a stone and slate-roofed structure extensively renovated, including a new roof, in 1983), mill lade and other grass-covered foundations of

surface buildings, all contained in an area to the W of the Allt Choire Buidhe; and the grass-covered foundations of three buildings, which may be associated with housing for the mining community and lying between the mine workings, the Allt Choire Buidhe and the Allt na Broighleig.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan and measures a maximum of 500m NNE-SSW by 160m E-W, to contain all of the surface and underground workings and associated surface buildings, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the largest and most active manganese mine ever worked in Scotland, and as such has a particular distinction in the nation's industrial heritage. In addition, the well-preserved surface remains of the 19th-century workings and surface buildings provide an excellent insight into the workings of a mine of that period, with greater ease and safety than is normally possible. The underlying archaeological remains, and geology, have the potential to provide a fuller understanding of the processes of the 19th-century venture and its 18th-century predecessor.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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